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CA Executive Order B-37-16: Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

May 9, 2016

B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” is an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions set forth by Governor Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board in 2015, to establish longer-term water conservation measures for California. In response to the extreme and persistent drought conditions along with warmer weather and reduced snowpack expected for the state, the 2016 executive order directs permanent changes to: use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resistance, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.

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California Drought Contingency Plan

January 15, 2016

The 2016 California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), released by the Department of Water Resources, outlines potential Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) contractors water operations for February through November 2016. The DCP is a planning and implementation document that identifies strategies and actions state agencies should take to prepare for and respond to future droughts or other water shortage events. This state report demonstrates that conservation and preparedness will be essential to future water management in California.

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California Water Action Plan - 2016 Update

January 14, 2016

In response to an extended and extreme period of drought across the state, the California Water Action Plan was first released by the administration of Governor Brown in January 2014 to provide a framework for implementing sustainable water management practices over five years (2014‐2019). The actions described in the plan will support sustainable water management in California by providing a more reliable water supply for farms and communities, restoring important wildlife habitat and species, and helping the state’s water systems and environment become more resilient to climate change.

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California SB 758 - Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

October 9, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 758 into law in October 2015, establishing the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Led by DWR and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD) the research aims to better manage water supply by expanding climate and weather research focused on the causes of drought and flood.   The legislation supports research in climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

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AMWA Resilience and Climate Adaptation Website

July 7, 2015

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an association of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. This climate change focused website provides high impact reports from government and utility associations, links to recent climate-water news items, and descriptions of related AMWA activities to provide up-to-date information to members.

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Colorado Water Plan

2015

The Colorado Water Plan is an adaptive water management framework for the state created by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), in collaboration with Colorado’s nine Basin Roundtables.  Colorado is facing increased demand and stress on its water supply - as its population is projected to double by 2050, while climate impacts such as higher temperatures, wide precipitation variability, and earlier and faster spring runoff are occurring across the state. The Colorado Water Plan aims to establish a path toward sustainable water security for the state while balancing the needs of communities and cities, the economy, agriculture, the recreation industry, and the environment.

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U.S. Clean Water Rule

June 1, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Clean Water Rule, designed to protect and restore water sources nationwide. The rule will redevelop clear safeguards against unregulated pollution and destruction for nearly two million miles of streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands in the continental U.S.

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Clean Water Optimization Tool - Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

April 27, 2015

The Clean Water Optimization Tool is a planning tool for Maryland Eastern Shore communities to develop more cost-effective strategies for reducing stormwater pollution to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

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Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

April, 2015

This report, developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents a guide for successfully implementing a Community-Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) model for addressing stormwater pollution in communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  CBP3s are partnerships between a government and a private entity designed to leverage additional capacity and financing for delivery of infrastructure projects, while also increasing stakeholder engagement in project delivery.

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